South Merrill Community Garden educates and promotes a sacred space for the health and wellbeing of the intergenerational members of our community through gardening, engagement and accessibility to nature’s bounty.

Garden Highlights

  • 360°gardening education and participation: seeding, planting, cultivation and harvesting
  • Community members may harvest as much as they need for their families at $0 cost. South Merrill Community Garden has become a beacon of light in addressing food security within the South Shore Community
  • Children’s Art & Nature Program (ages 2 – 14)
  • Senior Mornings Program
  • Family Program
  • Yoga & Movement Pavilion
  • Vegan cooking demonstrations by local chefs in our outdoor kitchen
  • Handicap Accessible


We facilitate community engagement by:

  • Progressively teaching cultivation and eco-friendly gardening skills.
  • Serving as a positive role model as a community garden and collaborative partner in the South Shore community.
  • Being a communal compass where all are welcomed and appreciated, promoting healthy eating as we nurture our community through love and nature.


South Merrill Community Garden
7030 South Merrill Ave.
Chicago, IL 60649



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